In the traditional of World Refugee Day, we are hosting our first ever Austin Refugee Day Festival! World Refugee Day was founded in 2001 by the UN general assembly. The purpose of the day was for people around the world to honor and recognize the contributions of those who have been forcibly displaced. More than 100 countries will participate in the annual commemoration of world refugee day. Austin is having two separate celebrations this year. We will kick off the month with the Austin Refugee Day Festival at Givens Park on June 5th, as well as have a World Refugee Day Celebration Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11:30am – 3:00pm at the Bullock State History Museum.
In 2014, 60 million people around the world were displaced, the highest since World War II. Austin alone welcomes about a 1000 refugees every year. Refugees face countless hardships in their journeys to find safety for their families, and many lose their lives along the way. Once they arrive in their new home, they often face a host of new challenges.
Join refugees, their families, agency workers, and the greater Austin community June 5th at Givens park from 11 am to 4 pm for a day of free family fun in order to honor the strength of refugee families in Austin! Help us proudly declare that refugees are welcome here!
Learn more about refugees in Austin: Caritas
Our Partner Organizations:
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Caritas of Austin provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency.
People of faith serving anyone in need by strengthening families and promoting respect for human dignity and life.
GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentor ship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent.
Interfaith Action of Central Texas exists to build healthy relationships between the faith communities of Central Texas. iACT cultivates peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration.
Multicultural Refugee Coalition is on a mission to provide opportunities for refugee livelihoods through training, education and community connections.